Logan is a design consultant at Emma, helping to coordinate customer design requests and manage the overall in-house process behind them. Also, one of Logan's cats has extra toes and, as a result of a naming process that clearly took months of planning, research and debate, is called Mr. Toes. (The extra digits are used mainly for mischief-causing and extra cuteness, the latter of which allows Mr. Toes much more latitude regarding the former.) In addition to Logan's work at Emma and with polydactyls, he is also a life coach and a volunteer mediator with the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, where he applies his Zen-like calm, Beck-like locks, Bob Ross-like voice (go with the visual, people) and in-depth knowledge of Battlestar Galactica to help others find peace — real peace, not like that fake sham of a peace the Cylons offered to the humans of the Twelve Colonies with help from that traitor Baltar. It breaks the Zen-like state even thinking about it, doesn't it?
Kevin has met MacGyver! He is also our senior brand designer whose freelance work has been featured in several books on logo design. But back to the MacGyver thing. What do you do when you meet Richard Dean Anderson, star of the hit 80's action show? Just stare at his magnificent hair? In his spare time, Kevin obsessively plays disc golf and also slaps the bass, although not as obsessively. No really, when you shake MacGyver's hand, do you slip him a paper clip just to see what he'll do with it? Kevin holds a degree in Design Communications from Belmont University, and what do you want to bet MacGyver would combine that paper clip with pocket lint to create a stunning table centerpiece? Let's ask Kevin.
Lee is on our brand creative team and works a lot with motion graphics, illustrations and the like. He is also an Instagram fanatic whose favorite subjects include things like the sky, and the floor, and lighting, which sort of makes it sound like more of a camera-aiming problem than anything. There really is interesting stuff straight ahead, Lee. When he isn't designing or creating at Emma, Lee is often DJ'ing for his colleagues, being very much into music as a player, fan, critic and collector with nearly 5,000 records and CDs at home and a robust mixtapes site he maintains. Lee also rescued a Chihuahua puppy he named Nacho, so if you notice a squirmy little duffle bag making its way through the office, that's probably just Nacho. We really, really, really hope that's Nacho. Could someone maybe open the bag either really low or really high so we can take a picture and be sure? Thanks.
Brian was once on The Price is Right. He's also a QA Analyst on Emma's Editor development team, but we thought his brush with Bob Barker-dom was more important than anything else we can say here. To clarify, he didn't actually make it onto the PIR stage, but he was positioned right behind the bidding stations and wound up on camera shouting at people to bid one dollar, one dollar, ONE DOLLAR! Smart, Brian. Smart. Like a number of his co-workers, Brian is a musician and was once a serious, touring musician, having jammed with Conan O'Brien (take that, Bob Barker) and gotten used to sleeping in the cramped corner of a touring van. It was really the sleeping in uncomfortable vans, not so much jamming with A-list celebrities, that led Brian to rethink his career direction. He still plays on the side in a band called the Foxymorons, and his nickname at Emma is actually Barry, so if you could please re-read this entire paragraph mentally inserting "Barry" any time it says "Brian," that'd save us a bunch of rewrite time.
Officially, Kenton works on our brand team as Emma's front end web developer. Unofficially, he is the director of Emma's Table Tennis Association, a position which occasionally requires that he utter phrases like "this paddle has some nice antispin rubber" and "great rally on the particle board" and "why won't you play table tennis with me." A native of rural Kentucky, he also loves outdoorsy stuff like shooting guns, taking his boat out on the lake, fishing, and playing Xbox. Kenton knows pretty much everything about the TV show LOST. He also loves GIFs. If you have some GIFs of LOST characters playing table tennis, congratulations: you and Kenton are soulmates.
Lauren is a graphic designer at Emma, and the bad news is that she has a 12-pack-a-day habit. The good news is that it's a gum habit! The other good news is that they're not 12 packs of Big League Chew. And the even better news is that it's not grape-flavored Big League Chew, which, to be quite honest, is just gross. In addition to her gum connoisseurness, Lauren is also known for her hair ornamentation and comic timing. Those things typically go hand in hand, right? Lauren hails from Austin and attended the high school on which the movie Friday Night Lights is based. (Her dad was even an extra in the TV series.) She holds a degree from Belmont University and promises to cut back to 10 packs a day at some point. We're pretty much out of good news on the gum-chewing front.
Emily spearheads Emma's communication efforts, making sure customers and staffers are in the loop about, well, everything. Emily studied Latin and Greek literature at Agnes Scott College (show-off) but now has to settle for reading books in plain old English as a member of a local book club (still a bit show-offy). Speaking of literature, she is an Anne of Green Gables fan, having watched the film version of AOGG whenever she had the flu as a child. By the time Emily had recovered from the illness, Anne would invariably be all grown up, having transcended her humble beginnings. It's the Cliffs Notes version of the story, but you get the idea. Emily is also a fan of Ben Folds and all things Beatles, even, dare we say it, Yoko. Turns out that by the time Emily had recovered from the illness, Yoko would have transcended her humble beginnings to break up the greatest band of all time. It's a much sadder story than AOGG.
Kelly McClain is a designer at Emma. A graduate of Western Kentucky University (known in these parts as WKU for hopefully obvious reasons), Kelly has studied print and interactive advertising and picked up an invaluable tip during one of her drawing classes: that even if you erase part of something you’ve sketched, the image will still be there, both on the paper itself and as a step in the process that eventually led to the final result. Look it, we’re not just all fun and games on the People Page — sometimes we actually learn something. Like in the movie, “What About Bob?”, which is chock full of life lessons and just so happens to be one of Kelly’s favorite films, if you’ll pardon us for using the words film, what, about and Bob in the same sentence. Richard Dreyfus really does the I’m-really-worked-up thing well, doesn’t he. Kelly also enjoys cats, sewing, the guitar (she’s taking lessons), the environment, the color red, and tuna. Everything else, Kelly is completely and utterly against.
Christy is a consultant on our design team. Hailing from Arizona, she is an avid outdoorswoman and likes to hike, camp, canoe and generally be outside. Unfortunately, much of her job at Emma happens inside, which is so typical of The Man, isn't it - forcing outdoorsy people to go inside. Whatever! Down with The Man and his Work-Indoors-or-Else Edict! Enough is enough! Wait, hold on, we actually need people indoors, so, ahem, it's entirely appropriate to expect employees to work in an indoor environment, provided said environment offers ample seating and pens. When Christy isn't staying indoors entirely against her will or adventuring outdoors on her own, she's often helping others, as a coordinator for Ellie's Run, spending time in Africa working with street kids, orphans and students, helping African immigrants get settled in Nashville, supporting the homeless in Nashville - you name it. She is, to use the technical term, a really good person. Christy grows her own organic vegetables (outdoors - take that, The Man!) and is currently learning Spanish. Indoors, or adentro, as luck would have it.